the orchestra


Directed by: Matevž Luzar

As the raucous members of a brass band get ready to travel to a small Austrian town for a performance, things start to go awry. Along the way, they sing, cheer, and drink. After all, being part of a brass band is a joyful hobby for most members. However, not everything is as it seems. Stories emerge: a first-time bus driver confesses his responsibility for an accident to an untrustworthy senior colleague; one band member cannot hide his shameful drinking from his kind Austrian host; a teenage band member on her first tour with dad witnesses her father’s adultery. These distinct but interconnected stories soon reveal that hiding one’s actions and intentions is the fastest and surest way to make them shameful! Offbeat and endearing, The Orchestra was selected as Slovenia’s official entry to this year’s Academy Award for Best International Film.

Cast: Gregor Zorc, Gregor Cusin, Jernej Kogovsek

slovenian, german
111 min
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[Horák] matches each of the film’s periods to a different style: the 1960s to the Czech New Wave, the 1970s to normalization films, and the 1980s to documentary-like grainy footage. The stylisation enables a fine adjustment of dramatic effects”

(Martin Kudláč, Cineuropa).


  • Bulgarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards 2018
  • Golden Rose Festival of Bulgarian film: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Critics Gild Award and Audience Award
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